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Although natural disasters cost this country $306 billion in damage last year and two-fifths of Americans say they couldn’t financially recover if they were in one, they’re still not prepared.
Half of those who have lived through a hurricane, tornado or wildfire don’t have a plan in place if another hit, says a report from Farmers Insurance. But natural disasters remain one of the biggest worries among Americans.
“Disaster preparedness is often overlooked,” the report says. “But our inability to control the weather doesn’t mean that we’re powerless in the face of major weather events.”
If you’ve never been through a natural disaster, you might not know how to prepare for one. But for the people who have lived through one, they aren’t doing much better. Among the findings:
When broken down by age, millennials are less prepared and more optimistic about the idea of storms and fires. Almost half — 44 percent — don’t have an emergency plan and 66 percent believe they can rebound after disaster strikes. But this is the group that is least likely to have already been through a natural disaster, even though they are on the rise every year.
Even if it’s small, planning what happens in case of an emergency is vital. Whether it’s for a natural disaster or a job loss, you should always be ready to act if things don’t go as planned. Here are a few ways to prepare for a hurricane, tornado, or wildfire before it strikes.
It’s important to create a plan as well. Go over if and when you’ll leave, who is responsible for what, and what happens if you get separated. For insurance purposes, have recent photos of the inside and outside of your home.
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